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This week, more than 1,000 Jewish day school educators, lay leaders, and administrators are gathering in Philadelphia for the North American Jewish Day School Conference 2015: Uncommon Connections. With a tagline of “Schools, systems and success,” the conference set out to “unleash the power of the multiple systems that comprise our Jewish day schools.”
Updated: Apr. 02, 2015
Last month, AVI CHAI issued our fourth census of Jewish day schools, conducted by Dr. Marvin Schick. The censuses have been conducted at four-year intervals, beginning with the 1998-99 school year. Some of the major census findings were: There is an overall increase in day school enrollment – by 70,000 students in the last 15 years. Most of that growth is in the Chassidic and Yeshiva World schools, which have grown by nearly 110% and 60% respectively. In the non-Orthodox sector, Community school enrollment has increased, whereas enrollment has declined in non-Orthodox schools overall. Non-Orthodox enrollment now constitutes 13% of all day school enrollment, a decrease from 20% as reported in 1998-99. There has been a flurry of commentary responding to the census release.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2014
I’m with the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park, Kansas, in the greater metro Kansas City area. The school was founded in 1966. It’s a community day school that recently affiliated with RAVSAK. It has 230 kids in grades K-12. I’m also the rabbi of an Orthodox synagogue in town. Five years ago, we started a Judaic studies track in the school called Matmidim, offering more rigorous Judaic studies developed by teachers who are observant. I’m now the director of the program.
Updated: Jul. 31, 2014
Why and towards what ends are we engaging in Jewish engagement to begin with? To me, the answer is clear: We should engage the next generation around our powerful Jewish values and texts, which form the very foundation of the Jewish people. We should engage them around our raison d’être of being a unique and extraordinary people with a storied heritage and purpose in the world. I believe the Jewish people’s compelling value proposition comes through embodying, teaching, creating community around, and yes, engaging, in the texts and values, which are our birthright and heritage. It is vital that we start from this position of strength, of having something concrete and in fact precious to offer the next generation and all generations to come. Otherwise, we run the risk of becoming no more than the crumbling institutions referenced – and it will be no wonder when young Jews walk away.
Updated: May. 28, 2014
Over 650 Jewish camp professionals and devotees gathered for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Leaders Assembly this week. With the tagline of “One field. Moving Forward,” the conference featured an impressive array of speakers and skill-builders inside and outside the camping world, and even an Israel night with David Broza. A myriad of attendee-suggested and peer-led “hot topic” sessions addressed issues from “Living Jewishly All Year” to “What’s Your Israel Connection?” to “Institutional Collaborations to Strengthen Staffing.”
Updated: Apr. 23, 2014
Over five hundred day school educators, lay leaders, and administrators gathered in Los Angeles for “Moving the Needle: Galvanizing Change in Our Day Schools.” Hosted by RAVSAK and Pardes and geared toward Community and Reform schools, this day school leadership conference featured keynotes, workshops, networking opportunities, and “deep dives” into areas of field-wide interest. Several pressing areas affecting day schools attracted significant attention.
Updated: Feb. 05, 2014
AVI CHAI awarded scholarships to ten Jewish day school administrators for this year’s ISTE conference, which took place from June 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas. Taking on the ISTE tagline, “Connected Learning. Connected World,” some of these AVI CHAI sponsored attendees have shared noteworthy conference take-aways and musings on the AVI CHAI Ed Tech Blog.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2013
Deborah Fishman writes about creating a laboratory for experimentation around how network-weaving can be applied to improve the effectiveness of Jewish organizations in engaging their constituencies. From November 2012 to August 2013, in HaReshet (“The Network”), a pilot group of AVI CHAI grantees are learning together about network-weaving; developing and practicing skills in a guided and reflective way; and benefiting from sharing lessons with one another along the journey.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2013
Following the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2012 Conference , which took place from June 24-27, 2012 in San Diego, there has been a flurry of activity on the AVI CHAI Educational Technology Blog as participants share some of their “aha” moments, musings and other insights gleamed from the conference. These blog posts also reflect some of the discussions held between fellows at the evening meetings.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2012
Deborah Fishman writes about this year’s Foundation for Jewish Camp Leaders Assembly which took place from March 11-13th in New Brunswick, NJ. Over 650 were in attendance including camping professionals, lay leaders, Jewish Federation and foundation representatives, and others who care deeply about Jewish camp and its future. Participants crowd-sourced over 600 session ideas, culled down to 43 open-source sessions on the topics that the participants themselves wanted to talk about.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2012